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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Restoring A Deleted Object via Active Directory Recycle Bin

    Accidents happen from time to time and files and/or objects can be mistakenly deleted. As penned in a previous post entitled Step-By-Step: Enabling Active Directory Recycle Bin in Windows Server 2012 R2 , all is not lost. System administrators are now empowered with the ability to restore deleted objects...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating a Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Forest Via Azure

    Anyone who has attended one of our #CANITPRO Camps provided across Canada has been appreciative of the fact that actual hardware is provided to run all labs. Attendees are also appreciative of the amount of hours that Pierre, Mitch, and I put forth in setting up said hardware in every city. This practice...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2

    Hello Folks, Are you still supporting infrastructure from 2003? Are you one of those IT Pros that think “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? If so, I’m sorry to say that End of Life (EOL) is approaching fast (July-2015). So you have less than 399 days remaining of support...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Syncing An On Premise AD with Azure Active Directory

    Enterprise Mobility has become top of mind for organizations big and small as of late. Extending beyond the need of just mobile device management, the focus has evolved to securely enabling people within an organization with information pertinent to their success. With this in mind, Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Upload your Own VHD to Add to the Gallery in Azure

    Hello Folks, Yesterday I wrote about customizing a Gallery image and re-inserting it in the Gallery as your own. But what if you’re looking to migrate a workload from your datacenter to Microsoft Azure and you want to be able to create new VMs from that workload? You can sysprep, generalize and shutdown...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Insert your own image in the Microsoft Azure Gallery

    Hello folks, I am just getting back to writing after spending last week preparing and delivering with Anthony Bartolo an Azure Camp at our head office in Mississauga. It was the biggest Camp we ever delivered in this format. Over 120 people attended. It was great. When we were looking at the Azure Gallery...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Recovering a Lost Azure VM Admin Password

    Last week Microsoft Canada, with help from Pierre Roman and the team at CANITPRO.NET, delivered Canada's first Azure camp attended by 120+ Toronto based IT professionals. The event was warmly received and is currently being packaged to be delivered at a Canadian city near you. Attendees at the event...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Completing Storage Live Migration in Hyper-V 2012 R2

    With both Managing the Datacenter and Virtualizing the Datacenter #CANITPRO Camps coming to a close. Further details regarding the next upcoming will be made available soon. As you may be aware, Microsoft provides evaluation copies of Windows Server 2012R2 and Hyper-v Server 2012R2 to allow for testing...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Virtual Machine billing in Azure

    Hello folks, Last week, Anthony and I attended the Toronto Azure Group inaugural meeting. It was a great evening with a good attendance. The presenters covered an introduction to Azure IaaS Services and a session on transforming the Datacenter. and it lead to a lot of conversations. One of these...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Virtual Labs: Assisting in Advancing Your IT Expertise and Career

    Many of you may have recently attended a CANITPRO camp presided by Pierre Roman or I recently at a Canadian city near you. Those who attend have very exuberant as to what they have absorbed in terms of hands on labs and material presented. Many return to the organizations they represent and have implemented...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Deploy The Image

    Hello Folks, This is the last post in this series . In previous posts we covered Generate an inventory of our environment Setup our workbench to build our image Started building our image by importing the OS and Drivers Finalized the Image with Packages and Application Today we’ll use the image we already...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Packages, Applications and Finalizing the Image

    Hello Folks, Windows XP reached the end of it’s supported life last week . So, let’s resume our Windows 8.1 deployment series in order to help us deploy supported OS versions. In previous posts we covered: Generate an inventory of our environment Setup our workbench to build our image Started building...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Prepare for Lite Touch Installation

    Hello Folks, In this Windows 8.1 deployment series we have started looking at how we can streamline the deployment of Windows 8.1 in your environment. I know that every environment is different and that some of you will have very specific requirements, However this series looks at a generalized environment...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Active Directory Migration from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2

    With the end of support for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 now upon us, April 8th 2014 to be exact, attention now turns to Windows Server or specifically Windows Server 2003. End of support for Windows Server 2003 is currently slated for July 14th 2015 and a great many organizations still...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Machine Inventory

    Hello Folks, In this Windows 8.1 deployment series we have started looking at how we can streamline the deployment of Windows 8.1 in your environment. I know that every environment is different and that some of you will have very specific requirements, However this series looks at a generalized environment...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Setup your environment

    Hello Folks, Earlier in March I wrote that I was working on this series that covers the migration of XP to Windows 8.1 from the ground up. In this post we setup our environment. This environment will be crucial to take care of all the phases of our project. Plan Deliver Operate Let get going. First download...
  • Blog Post: Top 5 Key Security Improvements Found in Windows 8.1

    Amidst the recent Windows 8.1: Ask Us Anything tour we at CANITPRO have recently embarked on, one question has been repeated more often than not. Said question is namely: “What has Microsoft done to further enable security in its new Windows offering?” While the push to migrate users...
  • Blog Post: Using A Single DSC Configuration for Multiple Servers

    Ok so we’ve showed you some cool things. Building a DSC file, applying that configuration to a remote DMZ server. But one thing you’ll probably have noticed. EACH and EVERYTIME I have done this I have typed in the name of the server in the Configuration. Seems a bit silly doesn’t...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Simple DSC Configuration File Via PowerShell

    So the last time we chatted we showed you a new feature in Windows PowerShell called “ Desired State Configuration ”. We’ll stick to calling it “DSC” because to be quite honest I LOVE PowerShell but I really hate typing… and it’s a mouthful to say! So today...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up

    There has been a lot of talk about the end of Windows XP, the end of support for XP that is… As I write this post there is only a few days left for Windows XP support. What is end of support? (the following is taken word for word from here) After 12 years, support for Windows XP will...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 R2 Core Server: I love it!

    Hello folks, These days Anthony and I have been delivering IT Camps across this Great country of ours… and we love the conversations we have with IT pros. But I always talk about my preference for core servers over servers with full GUI and even over MinShell . I even did a whole Hyper-v series where...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Tips: Analyzing Possible Storage Savings Via The Deduplication Evaluation Tool

    Introduced in Windows Server 2008 and enhanced in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, the Disk Deduplication tool is an exemplarity tool used by IT professionals to save storage space amidst the infrastructure they manage. The storage space saved is reclaimed from duplicate files being removed utilizing...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 7: Virtual Machine Configuration

    Hello Folks, In our “ From The Ground Up ” series, we have setup a SCVMM managed Hyper-V Failover Cluster. From the storage all the way to the clustering. Today we we’ll look at creating a virtual machine on our cluster via the GUI and later, using PowerShell. If you feel like doing it and getting your...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Building Your Own Lab on Windows Server 2012 R2

    CANITPRO Camps have started with events already taking place across this great nation. Many who attend the said Camps are appreciative for the time made available through labs to learn the advantages hands on offerings such as Windows Server 2012 R2. Frequently the question in regards to how an attended...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 6: Clustered Shared Volume & Optimize.

    Hello Folks, Finally… Step 6 of our “ From The Ground Up ” series. Today we we’ll finish the storage equation by assign Shared Storage using iSCSI for our Cluster Shared Volume and we will optimize our cluster. If you feel like doing it and getting your hands on Hyper-V...